Equality California: 7 bills that would ensure equality from birth to death

  • metta

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    Feb 27, 2014 7:41 PM GMT
    EQCA: 7 bills that would ensure equality from birth to death

    * Modernize birth certificates: AB 1951, authored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez, would modernize California birth certificates by allowing parents to choose to self-designate as “father,” “mother” or “parent,” eliminating inaccurate designations and confusion for same-sex parents.

    * Protect students: SB 840, authored by Senator Ricardo Lara, moves forward on recommendations from 2013’s statewide audit on school safety and nondiscrimination laws, to hold schools accountable for documenting responses to bullying and referring students to appropriate services.

    * End youth group discrimination: SB 323, the Youth Equality Act, authored by Lara, is a two-year bill introduced in 2013. The bill clarifies that nonprofit youth organizations will only be rewarded with special tax exemptions if they comply with California’s existing nondiscrimination laws.

    * Clean up marriage language: SB 1306, authored by Senator Mark Leno, brings California statutory law into line with last June’s Supreme Court decision restoring the freedom to marry in California. References to “husband” and “wife” would be replaced with gender-neutral language such as “spouse” to recognize all married couples throughout California code.

    * Ensure health care providers know LGBT health: AB 496, authored by Assemblymember Rich Gordon, is a two-year bill introduced in 2013. It would increase awareness of LGBT health issues among health care providers, leading to better care and better outcomes.

    * End the “gay panic” defense: AB 2501, authored by Assemblymember Susan Bonilla, would eliminate the so-called “gay panic” and “trans panic” defenses, outrageous tactics used by defendants who claim their violent acts were triggered by the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

    * Ensure accurate death certificates: AB 1577, the Respect After Death Act, authored by Assemblymember Toni Atkins, would make sure death certificates for transgender Californians accurately reflect their authentic, lived identity.




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    Feb 28, 2014 12:45 AM GMT
    I give California two big thumbs up for these bills, especially making the civil marriage contract say "spouse" instead of "husband" and "wife"…but they are all good things and very much needed.
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    Feb 28, 2014 12:54 AM GMT
    What's wrong with "husband" or "wife"? Plenty of gay men call their spouses "husband," and gay women call their spouses "wife."
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    Feb 28, 2014 3:58 AM GMT
    libertpaulian saidWhat's wrong with "husband" or "wife"? Plenty of gay men call their spouses "husband," and gay women call their spouses "wife."


    I have nothing against it although I see that I may have implied that. I believe that it would be nice to ask the people getting married what they would prefer on their certificate; some prefer the more traditional aspect while others may prefer the more gender-neutral variant.